The Chicago Bears offseason centers around one big question: What to do at quarterback? Should the team draft for need, or trade Justin Fields and select Caleb Williams?
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Bears are considering having both signal callers on the roster.
“The Bears have talked about the idea, as improbable as it seems, of carrying both quarterbacks,” Schefter said during ESPN’s Super Bowl pregame coverage. “Take the guy at 1, and keep Fields. Now, will they get to it? It’s hard to imagine, but it’s a conversation that has come up within the organization.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport also reported that the Bears called for “a historic move” to move up to No. 1 overall.
“It would take a historic draw, something crazy for the Bears to move away from the No. 1 overall pick,” Rapoport said. “That bit of knowledge has far-reaching consequences. First, it’s an indication, absent some kind of wild compensation for someone trying to move up for Caleb Williams, it’s a sign they’re likely to get a No. 1 quarterback. 1 will take.”
Is this just part of the Bears’ plan to increase their asking price on both Fields and the no. 1 pick to raise? Most likely, but it’s still a smart move if they decide to go through with it. Fields is coming off career highs in passing yards, completion percentage and completion rate. He’s still not a great passer, but he’s also improving every year. Even taking Williams No. 1 overall at least gives Chicago a chance to make a full evaluation on Fields’ future before moving on.
Sitting rookie quarterbacks also seems to be a pretty smart strategy right now. Both quarterbacks who started in Super Bowl LVIII — Patrick Mahomes and Brock Purdy — began their rookie seasons learning on the sidelines under a veteran. The same goes for this year’s MVP Lamar Jackson, or first-year starter Jordan Love.
It is not perfect in every case. Josh Allen played through some ugly years before his third-year breakout, starting every game. Offensive Rookie of the Year CJ Stroud immediately tore up the NFL without sitting down. It is not necessary for everyone. It’s just smart practice to allow a player out of college to get comfortable with the scheme and pro-level timing before being thrown to the wolves.
Plus, having so many swings at the quarterback position is smart. The Arizona Cardinals weren’t happy with Josh Rosen, so they drafted Kyler Murray no. 1 taken the following year. The New England Patriots have drafted a quarterback in six of the last 10 drafts, with five of them starting games in their NFL career.
Having an elite quarterback is every team’s dream. Considering the Bears’ only Hall of Fame quarterback retired in 1950They need every chance they can get to find their guy.